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March 1, 2012 Print
Minnery at CPAC 2011

CitizenLink Responds to Senate’s Failure to Pass Conscience Protections Bill

by CitizenLink Team
CitizenLink Executive Director Tom Minnery issued the following statement today after the U.S. Senate voted to table the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act,” which would have helped protect the religious liberties of Americans and faith-based organizations against the forced funding of contraception and possible abortion-inducing drugs:

“Today the government, this time via Congress, again told Americans they must ‘conform or pay a price’ when it comes to their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. While we are disappointed at the outcome of today’s vote, we are not entirely surprised, given the makeup of the U.S. Senate.

“This vote was the culmination of the ongoing, national outcry against the President’s health care law and HHS mandate. Americans are speaking out because they understand they should not be forced to fight to protect what the Constitution already grants them under the First Amendment – their religious freedom. But fight they will.

“We will continue to stand alongside the millions of Americans who believe the government should not force individuals or groups to pay for services in health insurance that violate their religious or moral beliefs.”